Yep. Dang right I was a snowman for Halloween. I was just trying to speed up the whole Christmas process which BTW is right around the corner!!! Like tomorrow!! CHRISTMAS EVE!!

^ That’s my best friend, Cricket. That’s not her real name but that’s her nickname and everyone in my family calls her Cricket because she’s just fun and jumpy and happy and bright and beautiful. Just like a happy, jumpy cricket.

^ The weekend before Halloween, I went to visit her (since we’re in a long distance best friendship and lemme tell you that SUCKS. IT REALLY SUCKS) and I had the best time I’ve ever had in college. Not kidding. With her is where I belong. Not sorry bout it.

I’ve been really blessed to be her best friend since freshman year of high school and I seriously don’t know what I would do without her. We text all day, everyday, our families are each others families, and she’s the best older sister I’ve ever had.

Yes, she’s older than me. Not happy bout it.

She even knew me when I was athletic, so no one can tell me any different. She’s a witness!! I know my coordination now might make you doubt my all star athletic abilities, but those abilities were there. Once.

I can’t put into words how thankful I am for her patience, kindness, and her wise words.

And now she’s gonna talk to you guys.


MEET MY BEST FRIEND, Y’ALL! I’m so honored and so excited to have her writing for Always, S today. Throughout this holiday season I’ve been really counting my blessings, and Tess is one of my biggest ones. This post has a speed-dating feel to it, but its whatever, because whenever we go out to eat the waiter already thinks we’re dating.

I came up with some questions to ask her so you could find out how amazing she is, but first Tess talks about us:

How did you meet? Savannah probably doesn’t remember this but I was shopping with Abby and Savannah was doing a scavenger hunt with TTP at South Point. Like 8th grade. But we really clicked at tennis!

When did you know you were best friends? Probably when I couldn’t leave Savannah’s side after tennis practices!

What is your favorite movie? She’s the Man or She’s the Man

Who takes longer to get ready? Savannah most of the time. [Um. Blogger side note thing here. Blame it on the hair.]

Who is the better driver? Psh we both fabulous drivers.

Who has more shoes? Oh gosh. We’d have to sit and count to make sure!!! [Savannah note: Tess does.]

3 things you love to do together? Eat, laugh, and family bonding

Your favorite bff memory: When Savannah brought me soup, a balloon, and a homemade feel better card when I was sick😭💕

Your traditions: Christmas nights together, New Years, create as many inside jokes as possible

Where do you see us as best friends in 10 years? Trying to figure out how to have a baby at the same time. [Hi Savannah here again. LOL. This is so true.]


If you could change your first name what would it be? I don’t even know, but definitely not Tess. Something with MORE THAN ONE SYLLABLE. Like Victoria or Alessandra!

What are you most passionate about and why? Definitely my relationship with God and my family. Those two things are the most important things to me in my life! Why? Because God gave me life and blessed me with those in it! Including my best friend, Savannah 💕

If you could buy one material thing and money wasn’t an issue, what would you buy? Definitely a log cabin

Favorite quote? “If you’re worrying you’re not praying, if you’re praying you’re not worrying!”

Dream vacation spot and why? Bora Bora because it’s like perfect and romantic, too bad I’m single.

If you were a cupcake, which kind of cupcake would you be? Freaking Red Velvet with fancy sprinkles, ammmiright?

Favorite childhood memory? My 4th birthday I was made the boss all day so I got to say no to my brother every two seconds. 😎

Which famous person do you want to be BFFs with? Carrie Underwood because she’s a Goddess and sings like an angel and she can teach me her ways.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Married and makin babies.

See how amazing she is, you guys? I’m so lucky to have her as my best friend. Anyone who knows her is lucky. And I can’t wait to have her at my house this Christmas for our annual tradition – wearing cozy PJs, watching movies, eating a lot of junk good food…do you have any holiday traditions with your BFF?

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  • I really love this post! Friends like Cricket are the best!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Mikayla! Merry Christmas! 🙂

  • This is the cutest little post.
    I have a best-friendship like this and we’re long distance too!
    xoxo, Jenny
    xoxo, Jenny

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Jenny! Long distance sucks 🙁 Hope you had a great Christmas!

  • You two have such an amazing bond! Keep her close 🙂

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks for commenting! I plan on doing just that!

  • Your friendship is soo cute! My bestie and I were separated the first two years of college and I swear it was torture. I always say I transferred schools because having a long distance relationship with her was too difficult. It really was!

    • Savannah Ward

      Its so hard doing long distance, but I’m so excited because she’s actually transferring schools and she’ll be closer to me!!

  • Kayleigh

    Looks like such a strong friendship!

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Kayleigh!

  • Oh my goodness, y’all are too cute! This is such a sweet and heartwarming post 🙂

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks so much! 🙂 Hope you had a great Christmas!

  • Cricket sounds like so much fun! It’s so great to have a best friend that’s with you for so long. I loved reading all of these memories and learning about your bestie!

    • Savannah Ward

      5 years is so crazy to me, I’ve never been friends with someone that long (mostly because I didn’t go to the same high school as all of my middle school friends)! Thanks so much for commenting! Hope you’re doing well and you’re having a great holiday!!

  • This is so cute! I’d love to have my best friend guest post on the blog sometime too! I loved these questions 🙂

    Kayla |

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks so much! Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday!

  • Miss ALK

    This is absolutely the most precious post!! How cute are those photos of both of you. This gave me all the feels about my high school bestie while I read this (I actually saw her yesterday for the first time in several months as I’m home for Christmas right now!)

    xoxo A

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks A! I’m so glad you got to hang with your bestie! Hope you’re having a great break!

  • Lauren Ashley

    What a beautiful post and a great friendship. I loved seeing it all through pictures, too! And the Q&A is always fun!

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Lauren! Can’t wait to see your new YouTube video!

  • Super cute! Facetimed with my bestie tonight and have to say Besties are the BEST! Also She’s the Man… One of the FUNNIEST movies ever!!! I laugh so hard I cry, every. single. time.

    • Savannah Ward

      She’s the Man is HILARIOUS. My favorite part is when “Sebastian” meets her new roommates. And the lunch scene. You can never get chicks to shut up!

  • Kristine Circenis

    What a great post, ladies. One of my nicknames is also Cricket (it’s a last-name kind of thing). (SUPER SIDE NOTE: I love love the “where I’ve been” thing on your side bar)

    Happy holidays!
    Kristine | My Little Box of Tricks

    • Savannah Ward

      YAY I’m so glad you love the map!! I have it on my travel page but wanted to put my love for road trips on my sidebar. And that’s so funny! Hey, Cricket! Hope you had a great holiday!

  • Y’all are too cute! It was a great to have her guest post!

    Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks! I was so excited when she agreed to talk about us! Hope you’re having a great holiday!

  • Elana Lyn Gross

    You guys are so sweet! Best friends are the best. I love this post idea!

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks! I was super excited to introduce her to my blog 🙂

  • You two are adorable! I love, love, love your halloween costume!

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks so much! Hope you’re having a great holiday!

  • STOP. That snowman outfit is probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Hope you had a great Christmas!

    Diary of a Debutante

    • Savannah Ward

      Hey Stephanie! Thanks so much! We wanted to do something Christmas-y and decided snowmen were perfect 🙂 Hope you had a great Christmas too!

  • Adored this post! Best friends really make the best memories! Also those snowmen Halloween costumers were amazing and creative.